Victoria Park Community Cricket League
Kieran Mckey of Reuters writes:
The Martians won the toss and elected to bat on a warm, sunny evening.
Guy Sewell opened the attack for Reuters with some aggressive short-pitched deliveries.
Martian's Foley responded firstly by asking for a helmet and then by striking a boundary.
Opener Zuber soon began to get a measure of the bowling and struck a six immediately followed by a four of Sewell's second over.
Reuters captain Edi Maris turned to spin in attempt to break the opening partnership.
The bowling change worked beautifully as Gary Wright snared the dangerous Zuber in his first over.
Gordon Marsh completed the "spin twin" pairing and make a huge impact, taking number 3 Bolha for a golden duck with his first ball and then Foley with his second.
Martian's Asif was run out in the next over and the Martians now seemed in trouble at 64-4.
Ayyub and Vikram responded well to the challenge and soon began to score freely. T
hen Neil Beard made a break through, clean bowling Ayyub for 33.
Edi Maris cleaned up the tail with two wickets in three balls as the Martians innings came to a premature end.
Aziz signalled his intentions by opening his account with a boundary.
Hammond then had a lucky escape when the Martians keeper put down a regulation catch behind the sticks.
An opening partnership of 50 looked likely as Aziz began to dominate the bowling but Vikram struck back by beating Hammond's defence and knocking down the stumps.
Reuters number 3 Sewell came to the crease with the score at 44-1.
Sewell started nervously as he played and missed at Vikram's off stump line.
Aziz continued to score freely until he mis-timed a drive of Asif and was caught at mid-off for 42.
Omkar Joshi came to the crease with the score at 62-3 and Reuters needing to increase their run rate.
Joshi delivered by hitting sixes of Asif and Slade. Sewell began to find his rhythm as Reuters closed in on their target.
The Martians struck back as Joshi fell to Slade for a quick fire 19. Edi Maris came to the crease with Reuters still requiring
Maris started positively and by now Sewell had begun to find the middle of the bat.
He proved this by smashing four consecutive boundaries of the unfortunate Slade.
As Bolha started his second over Reuters required four to win and Sewell obliged with yet another sweetly struck four as Reuters claimed victory.
As the match finished late we found ourselves locked in the park !
Thanks to some heroic work from both teams we were able to lift both Guy Sewell's Vespa and a drunken park man over the fence and make good our escape.
Danish Azis of Reuters adds:
Just a few amendments.
I opened my account with a boundary off the first ball of the innings (A full toss but if I don't big up myself, no one will!!), not to mention a six off their skipper after he started to run up from the boundary only to see the ball fly back straight over his head.
Also, very belligerent if at times ridiculous appealing and chat from the keeper, whoever he was.
Edi, great catch, 6.0 for artistic impression, 0.0 for technical merit.
Well played one and all.